Via Muddy Hands
Via Muddy Hands
A. Rose Hill, our state poet laureate, conducted a fun activity at our last Range Writers meeting. I urge all my readers to try it. I don’t think it’s just for writers. For those of you who are teachers, this might be something fun to try with your kids.
First of all, write down the following list of words.
Jejune Banjax Furlong Benison Glottis Acanthus
Now, use each word in a sentence. If you don’t know a word’s meaning, make it up. Be funny if you want. Whatever you do, don’t scroll down past the three asterisks below until you’ve completed this task.
Now, here are the actual definitions of these words. If you didn’t know their meanings, you can compare what you thought they meant with what they really mean and maybe have a good laugh.
Anthropomorphize—attribute human qualities to
Basilisk—legendary reptile; lizard like iguana
Djellabia or galabia—long, loose hooded garment
Jejune—not mature or childish
Banjax—smash or ruin
Benison—blessing or benediction
Glottis—space between vocal cords or surrounding structures
Acanthus—any of several prickly herbs of the Mediterranean region
Now, here are my sentences. As you’ll note, I didn’t know the meaning of any of these words until now. Please feel free to share your sentences in the comments field.
Anthropomorphize: Dinosaurs anthropomized into humans.
Basilisk: I added basilisk to my spaghetti sauce.
Propinquity: I was disgusted by his propinquity.
Djellabia: For dessert, I fixed djellabia.
Jejune: I didn’t have a jejune wedding.
Banjax: After the hootenanny, he cleaned his instrument with Banjax.
Furlong: How long is a furlong?
Benison: To prevent my sinuses from clogging at night, I take Benison before going to bed.
Glottis: I supplement my meals with glottis.
Acanthus: He was diagnosed with cancer of the acanthus.
On one of the blogs I follow, I ran across a link to a site that provides daily journaling prompts. I was given to understand that if I signed up, I would receive such prompts daily by e-mail for a month. This was not to be.
On the first day, I received an e-mail saying that if I hadn’t seen that day’s prompt, it was because I hadn’t registered which I thought I did. I returned to the site and realized that in order to see the daily prompts, I would have to pay $10.00. I wasn’t about to do this since there are plenty of resources that offer free writing prompts.
However, I was able to gleam a couple of ideas which I shared with my monthly Range Writers group when it was my turn to facilitate our September meeting. One is to write several things about yourself. The other is to list things you want but can’t have. I chose the latter, and my list is below.
Things I Want but Can’t Have
a swimming pool
a self-driving car
my very own jet plane complete with staff
a trouble-free computer
self-cleaning toilets, showers, sinks, and appliances
a talking robotic vacuum cleaner
automated food delivery system
automatic doors in my home
Now, it’s your turn. Make a list of either things about yourself or things you want but can’t have. Have fun with this, and feel free to share your list below.